OBITUARY: Oroz, Martin A.

Longtime Reno resident Martin A. Oroz, died June 9 at his home in Reno at the age of 73.

He was born May 29, 1930 in Truckee to Andres and Rita (Besio) Oroz. He attended schools in Truckee and Gardnerville, Nev., graduating from Douglas High School in 1949. Martin was a member of the Far West Junior National Ski Team where he held the Nevada/California Ski Jumping Title.

Following high school Martin joined the United States Army, where he was in the signal corps and stationed in Austria. While in Austria he competed in downhill ski racing, and ski jumping on the US army Ski Team, winning several titles.

Upon returning from overseas he moved to Lovelock where he managed the family-owned Big Meadow Hotel. He later moved to Twin Lakes to assist his father with the operation of the family owned resort at Twin Lakes. This resort was located in the area now known as Kirkwood.

In 1956 he married Clara Turrillas. They moved to Reno where Martin began a career with Harrah’s that would span more than 30 years and culminate in his position as Director of Gaming.

In 1982 Martin was chosen over candidates nationwide to set up the Gaming Division for Trump Towers in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he and Clara lived from 1982 to 1984. He officially retired from Harrah’s in 1990, and spent the remainder of his years enjoying the outdoors with his family, and doling out insights and opinions to Little League baseball umpires, coaches, and players throughout this community! (You know who your are!)

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Clara; son and daughter in law Felix and Annette; grandchildren Andy and Sara; step grandchildren Sutter and Delaney, all of Reno; sister and brother-in-law Catali and Sal Quilici, of Dayton, Nev., and numerous other relatives in Nevada, California, and San Sebastian, Spain.

He was preceeded in death by his brothers Steven, Philip, and Andy.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on today, at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Saint Mary’s Hospice at 3605 Grant Drive, Reno, NV 89509.

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